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US president Obama and Indian PM Narendra Modi.
US president Obama and Indian PM Narendra Modi.

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi had first meeting with  United States (US) president Barrack Hussain Obama in Washington on Monday evening.

New Delhi, Sept 30: Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi met United States (US) president Barrack Hussain Obama in Washington and vowed to strengthen strategic partnership between the two top democracies of the world.

PM Modi met Obama at the White House for dinner last evening ahead of formal talks at the Oval Office in Washington today. The duo will hold summit level talks on Tuesday to reset stalled India-US relations.

US Vice President Joe Biden and other key US officials were present during the meeting.

Indian PM is presently on a visit to US, where he addressed the annual UN general Assembly meeting last week.

Indian PM and US president had a dinner and in a joint statement issued after their meeting, the two leaders said they would work together on “a transformative relationship as trusted partners”.

After the dinner, Modi described the meet with Obama as “wonderful”, saying they discussed  a number of issues.

We had a wonderful meeting: Indian PM

In a Facebook post, Indian PM said, “With President Barack Obama. We had a wonderful meeting and talked about a wide range of issues. Both President Obama and I share a vision for a partnership in which our nations work together for the benefit of the entire humankind.”

Media reports said Indian PM gifted Obama a special reprint of India’s Father of the Nation’s interpretation of the Hindu religious book Gita​ and some memorabilia associated with the American civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr.

Modi,  was denied  visa to the United States in 2005 on human rights grounds over communal riots in his home state of Gujarat three years before that.

Modi was CM during anti-Muslim riots in Indian State of Gujarat

Modi was chief minister of Gujarat during 2002 anti-Muslim riots. Over one thousand Muslims were killed in the riots and US had repeatedly denied visa to Modi, who remained as Chief Minister of Indian State of Gujarat till he became prime minister of India in April-May this year.

However, after Modi took over as PM of India, US and other Western countries have  made strenuous efforts to court him – sending several cabinet level delegations to New Delhi and pushing for an early visit to the United States.

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